Nationalism and Democracy

Undergraduate Program Status

Course Level: 
Bachelor's
Campus: 
Vienna
Course Open to: 
Students on-site
Term: 
Winter
US Credits: 
4
ECTS Credits: 
8
Course Description: 

Nationalism and Democracy resemble a couple in a stormy marriage. In the origin of (Western) democracies, the two were symbiotic: democracy often implied the imagination of a nation. Vice-versa, nationalism in its historical shape also implies the liberation of the people from authoritarian rule, and the introduction of self-rule. Nevertheless, nationalism today is often characterised as the enemy of (liberal) democracy. In the course of the transition towards democracy, (ethnic) nationalism often appears as a side-product, leading to civic conflicts and/or ethnocracies, rather than democracy.

Learning Outcomes: 

By the end of this course, students will be able to: Students will be familiar with basic concepts from comparative politics.Students will be able to distinguish and analyse political regimes and  Get an insight into contemporary shapes and problems of nationalism. Understand the logic of comparative studies in political science/social science, and being capable of decipher such research. Conduct and write a simple empirical analysis.